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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
Jan 11, 2004 (3:29 pm)
I have a couple of thoughts:
The 530i was a big improvement in power over the old 528i. The extra weight of the 5 series needed that extra displacement IMO. With the 3-series, the relative difference of going to the 330i from the 328i was less pronounced.
The 3-series continues to be an "entry level" BMW and there seem to be more young people chasing them. A friend of mine sold his 1999 328ci privately last summer and his phone didn't stop ringing (mostly by 20 somethings). Another friend trying to sell his 1999 528i ended up trading it in due to relative lack of interest. Both were in the DC area and both were in mint condition.
Jan 12, 2004 (5:15 pm)
I have a '99 540iTa and I have always gotten around 19mpg on the computer. In fact, I have never reset the consumption2 reading and it shows 18.9. My current mileage is 15 on the cons1 readout, which I reset now and again. This alarming devolpment has occurred over the last month. Can anyone shed some light on this? Should I plan a visit to the dealer? I don't care as much about the mileage; I fear this is symptomatic of another problem.
#8207 of 12737 Keeping Up With The Jones'
Jan 13, 2004 (3:55 pm)
Was looking over the latest issue of R&T, Feb. 04. The '04 530i is one of the Readers' Choice Award winners. $44,300 base MSRP. Add options and the price will quickly approach $50K or more. Their profiled one has 6-speed AT, 225/40R17 ContiTouringContact all-season tires. 0-60 mph in 7.2 secs. 1/4 mile in 15.4 secs. and 92.1 mph. Brakes from 60 mph in 119 ft and from 80 mph in 214 ft. EPA is 18/28 mpg.
Then flipped a few pages further. Road Test of the '04 Cadillac CTS-V. Base MSRP of $50,690 (includes destination). Car can be had with only one option ($1,200 sunroof). Standard built-in g-meter, 6-speed manual, massive Brembo brakes, with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT run flat P245/45ZR18 96W tires. 0-60 mph in 5.0 secs (with no speed shifting). 1/4 mile in 13.4 secs. at 109 mph!!! Brakes from 60 mph in 115 ft and from 80 mph in 202 ft. EPA is 18/26 mpg.
If you had $50K, which one would you buy? Think I'd have the CTS-V. BMW 525i and 530i really not offering that much over competition FOR THE MONEY.
#8208 of 12737 While the Gold Standard. . .
Jan 13, 2004 (4:10 pm)
for Sports Sedans is generally accepted as being the BMW 5 series, it's nice to see some competition. At the moment the Lexus GS crowd is not too pleased.
I bought a car ~four years ago from an American company that I thought wanted to play. Turns out they didn't, but Cadillac does.
#8209 of 12737 Cadillac May have the specs, but.....
Jan 13, 2004 (5:28 pm)
we can wait, right?
#8210 of 12737 Price, Performance, Value
Jan 13, 2004 (7:37 pm)
billbrox... Are you talking about the 545i6? M5? Won't suprise me if next M5 costs $80,000 or more. Rise in Euro isn't helping. And BMW is adding every electronic doo-dad they can think of. Price rises and reliability falls?
Jan 14, 2004 (4:53 am)
"Price rises and reliability falls? "
Same thing has happened in the past to Japan Inc. What happened once can happen again.
#8212 of 12737 Price rises, reliability falls
Jan 14, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Riez, I'm with you on that one.....I chose the '03 530 for that reason. Am quite content where I am....."price rises, reality falls".
#8213 of 12737 Roundel Editorial
Jan 14, 2004 (6:17 pm)
Did anybody read the roundel editorial that talked about new auto technology in the high end segment and how some people buy new cars just because they say they have more power, more gagets...but don't really get use out of it. It cites a guy who bought an E500 (traded in what sounds like a lovely E420) and another guy who bought an SL500, likes it, but wishes it were less complex.
Hopefully there will be some nicely worn (not used or driven) E39 M5s on the market once the new V10 version comes out just to get the latest. I'm infatuated with the E39 M5. I saw one today that was Dark Green with a tan interior. This is my least favorite color combo for any car (Reminds me of 1994-1995), but I liked it on the E39 M5!
#8214 of 12737 nyccarguy
Jan 14, 2004 (10:14 pm)
Get an E28 M5; you can find a nice one for around 15K. Stick a Conforti chip and a high flow cat into it and you'll see 310 bhp-good enough for 0-60 in the mid fives and a quarter in the thirteens. Aside from a fiddly valve adjustment procedure, the car is much, much easier to service than an E39. Much lighter as well. It's also one heck of a sleeper...